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The Pegasus Report - Issue #149

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Welcome to this week's Pegasus Report. I don't know about you, but the early signs of Spring have giv
 
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The Pegasus Report
Welcome to this week’s Pegasus Report. I don’t know about you, but the early signs of Spring have given me a real boost, by the end of this week we will have almost an extra half an of light every day and by the following week that will go up to an hour! With the vaccination roll out moving rapidly, I would hope that by mid March we will all be seeing a little more normality. There’s lots going on in construction, see all of the latest news below.

News Roundup
In the South East, five design teams have been short-listed in the race to masterplan the £8bn Thamesmead Waterfront scheme in south east London. Imperial College London has selected its construction partner to build a new £100m School of Public Health at its White City Campus. Consultant, Jacobs has won the Integration Partner contract on the £162.5m Lower Thames Crossing. More than four years after starting work on the controversial document, Sadiq Khan has formally adopted his new London Plan. In North London, BAM has signed a £192m deal with Legal & General, Sky and NBCUniversal to build the most sustainable film and TV studio in the world at Elstree. ISG has won the prized £50m project to fit out the new UK headquarters of Facebook in London.
In Yorkshire, ground works have started on the £57m Tower Works site in the South Bank area of Leeds city centre. Also in Leeds, the go-ahead to build the first flats and houses at the £400m Kirkstall Forge scheme has been given. In York, plans to transform the front of the railway station have been approved.
In the Midlands, Birmingham City Council’s new strategy sets out proposals for the regeneration of East Birmingham, from the creation of more than 60,000 jobs and 10,000 new homes over the next decade,some major opportunities coming to the city, HS2, the Commonwealth Games, and Midland Metro expansion all have the potential to significantly improve the quality of life for people living in this part of the city. Construction has begun on the Hockley Mills build to rent development in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter following a £100m forward funding deal.
In the South West, Arup, Mott MacDonald and Arcadis will support the council as it carries out work across the city of Bristol to meet the city-wide ambitions of the One City Plan. Somerset NHS Foundation Trust has given the green light to start main construction of new £87m surgical centre for Musgrove Park Hospital.
In the North West, Manchester City Council has confirmed a £2.3m plan for parts of the Northern Quarter to become permanently pedestrianised following its temprary pedestrinisation to allow for social distancing. In Merseyside, Bowmer & Kirkland has been appointed on a £54m glass-research centre. Plans have been drawn up for a £50m plan to transform Farnworth market precinct into a vibrant new town centre community. Manchester’s development market has shown remarkable resilience in the pandemic year, with 35 new schemes completed and 72 underway across the city, according to Deloitte Real Estate’s annual Manchester Crane Survey.
In Scotland, plans have been unveiled for a multi-million-pound energy recovery facility (ERF) south of Larkhall in South Lanarkshire.
In other news, the Government has kicked off the £1bn first wave of its 10-year school rebuilding programme with 71 new projects.

Industry Insights
How construction can fix its image crisis post-pandemic
Lockdown uncertainty sees January output drop
Construction needs to take a military approach to female recruitment
Chancellor warned construction VAT plan risks recovery
Beyond Brexit - let’s ask more questions
Construction Covid-19 wage support nears £15bn
Covid “Boris money” causing site skills shortages
CIC urges ‘rethink’ on permitted development rights
How does the RICS rebuild its reputation?
What if…. our cities incentivised and enabled healthy lifestyles?
The Future Workplace: Top 10 Predictions
Arcadis upgrades tender price forecast
Union attacks TfL “on your bikes” call for builders
Technology News
This week’s technology news.
Housing sites to get virtual construction inspections
HS2 contractors to use social distancing hard hats
Atkins-led consortium secures £2.5m for air taxi feasibility study
Architects embracing the new wave of modular
British manufacturer to build Mips helmet technology into hard hat
Lendlease uses 'Hazpod' to cut dust on heritage job
Green Issues
This week’s green news
Scotland’s budget to support net-zero transformation
This Floating Village in Amsterdam Could Help Tackle City-Density and Sea-Level Challenges
University of Northampton targets net zero carbon by 2030
Future trends in home heating and cooling: ‘Europe and the UK won’t be carbon neutral until we tackle home heating’
International Stories
This week’s global round-up.
MAD Architects unveils ‘Train Station in the Forest’
Amazon HQ2 by NBBJ will include outdoor hiking trail
Vinci wins new role on Grand Paris Express
Work starts on 18-km-long Fehmarnbelt tunnel linking Germany and Denmark
Plans revealed to bring life to Madrid’s AZCA financial district
Career Items
This week’s first article, I can honestly relate to, my daily walks have been fundamental to my well-being throughout lockdown, they have had both a positive mental & physical impact.
Don’t Underestimate the Power of a Walk
The Mental Health Benefits of Exercise
How my career in construction helps build communities
Why Zoom fatigue can be self-fulfilling
A personal branding expert shares what it takes to build a successful reputation
Why abandoning an ambitious resolution this year is completely alright
Home workouts: Why you should reconsider your fitness goals this lockdown
Home working increases cyber-security fears
Construction firms risk losing top talent due to poor mental wellbeing support
Until Next Week...
Have a great week!
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